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Online MSN Curriculum Description

The Online Master of Science in Nursing Education program is based on three sets of core courses. Each course within the 12-course program awards 4.5 credits for a total of 54 credits. The graduate nursing education core courses provides students the basis for development of refined analytical skills, broad-based perspectives, enhanced abilities to articulate, develop, implement viewpoints, health care policies and positions, clearer ability to connect theory to practice, and enhanced skills in the nurse educator profession. These are consistent with the Graduate Core Curriculum established by the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011) and the NLN Certified Nurse Educator Examination test Blue Print (2012). The purpose of courses in the graduate nursing education core is to provide the content that forms the foundation of all graduate nursing education irrespective of specialty such as advanced clinical practice roles, nursing administration, community health, or nursing education.

These courses include:

MT6200 Leading the Organization I: Communication, Culture and Change (4.5 credits)

NS6115 Leadership in Health Care: A Collaborative Approach to Theory/ Ethics/Health Policy (4.5 credits) *

NS6125 Facilitating Health I: Health Assessment/ Pathophysiology (4.5 credits)

NS6130 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (4.5 credits) *

NS6135 Facilitating Health II: Advanced Pharmacology (4.5 credits)

NS6140 Online Nursing Education (4.5 credits) or

NS6150 Simulation in Nursing Education (4.5 credits)

*May be transferred into the program from a regionally accredited graduate nursing program; BS or MS degree in nursing program: other health professionals with permission of chair and/or SON dean.

The core specialty competencies for the Online Master of Science in Nursing Education is based on the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011) and the NLN Certified Nurse Educator Examination Test plan Blue Print (2012). The courses in the nursing education cores provide teaching and learning in program and curriculum, pedagogy, teaching and learning methods, instructional design, assessment and evaluation, and the nurse educator roles.

These courses include:

NS6215 Nursing Curriculum and Program Design, Instructional Methods and Strategies (4.5 credits)

NS6230 Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education (4.5 credits)

NS6240 Nurse Educator Roles (4.5 credits)

NS6245 Evidence-Based Teaching Interventions (4.5 credits)

The capstone core courses provide a culminating practicum and project that synthesizes the foundational courses in graduate nursing core and nursing education core courses with a focus on either online education or simulation education.

These courses include:

NS6250 Nursing Capstone Project (4.5 credits)

NS6260 Nursing Capstone Practicum: Simulation or Online (4.5 credits)

During the Online Master’s of Nursing Education program, the student acquires the ability to analyze, synthesize, and utilize knowledge to provide nursing education and facilitate student learning. This is accomplished through a variety of teaching and learning experiences including formal courses using online, practicum experiences, and a culminating project. This approach allows a student to integrate prior and current learning while providing flexibility and scholarship.